University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Chairperson for the Department of Educational Administration

Chairperson for the Department of Educational Administration
College of Education and Human Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The College of Education and Human Sciences is seeking a dynamic leader for the department of Educational Administration. This is a strong department with robust enrollments in the graduate programs, and faculty members who are committed to excellence in teaching, doctoral advising, scholarship and research. Department faculty share a commitment to equity, access, success and diversity across the P-20 educational pipeline, and have made a strategic decision to foster an environment that expects high impact research and other high quality scholarly work from both faculty and students. We are looking for someone with similar commitment who will work with department personnel in pursuit of a shared vision for the future while advancing core values of trust, fairness/equity, and accountability. The incumbent will be expected to sustain a positive and productive work environment by supporting professional development, advocating for faculty and the department, recognizing achievement, and promoting positive and collaborative interactions, both within and outside of the department, and by building relationships with faculty, other department chairs, and stake holders. The incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and skills in managing the departmental budget and other resources, advocating for faculty member and departmental interests, and supervising faculty and staff. Excellence in teaching and doctoral advising, and a record of research and scholarship in in P-12 School Leadership is required.

This graduate-only department has 21 faculty, 2 full-time staff members, and 449 graduate students in 3 master’s and 2 doctoral programs in the areas of P-12 Leadership, Educational Leadership in Higher Education, Student Affairs Administration, and Community College Leadership. The successful candidate will have expertise in P-12 educational leadership or policy and will be expected to teach and supervise doctoral dissertations in this area of expertise. The incumbent must possess skills necessary to foster positive interactions and collaboration among P-12 and higher education faculty.

The Chairperson reports directly to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences and has responsibility for all aspects of departmental functioning, including strategic planning, faculty and staff development, and budget management. The position is comprised of a 70% administrative component and 30% to be invested in teaching, doctoral advising, research/creative activity, scholarship, or engagement/outreach based on the incumbent’s strengths, interests, and the needs of the department and college. For more information about the department, please see

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate degree in Educational Administration or closely related discipline;
  • Evidence of leadership effectiveness in postsecondary institutions and/or professional academic organizations;
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching, advising, and research in P-12 educational leadership or policy;
  • Demonstrated ability to chair dissertations; and
  • A record of scholarship that contributes to the department’s reputation for a research intensive faculty and is appropriate to full professor rank based on UNL’s qualifications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current academic rank of full professor;
  • Expertise with administration of P-12 educational settings;
  • Experience collaborating with faculty with diverse expertise in P-12 and higher education, or evidence of a P-20 perspective in teaching or research;
  • Evidence of excellence in outreach and/or community engagement in P-12 educational leadership or policy;
  • Experience managing budgets.

Review of applicants will begin October 21, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply: To view details of the position and make application, go to Search for requisition number F_160210. Click on “Apply to this job”. Complete the application and attach the following documents; 1) letter of application that includes a description of qualifications and fit with the position; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of leadership philosophy (attach using the Other Document link); and 4) contact information (mailing address, phone number and email address) for three professional references who can speak to the candidate’s abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the job.

Inquiries should be directed to:
Richard Bischoff, Ph.D.
Gwendolyn A. Newkirk Professor of Leadership
Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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